Taught by Liz Navarro
6-weeks on Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Dates: June 5, 12, 26, July 10, 17 + 24
*No class on June 19th & July 3rd
In this 6-week workshop, participants will work with artist and educator, Liz Navarro, to explore different surface design and decorating techniques including; stamping, sgraffito, tissue transfers, mono-printing and more.
Participants will explore different glaze and overglaze techniques including: wax/tape/latex resist, lusters and decals. Participants will be given materials to work with at home in order to practice, develop ideas and techniques outside of class time. Students are welcome to make as many pieces as they’d like throughout the duration of the workshop.
Each week different techniques will be covered beginning with a demonstration and followed by focused time in order to explore and delve into practice and exploration. Participants can expect to learn a wide range of techniques that they can apply to their own work outside of the workshop.
Weeks 1-3 will be dedicated to making and decorating greenware pieces, week 4 will focus on glazing techniques, week 5 on overglaze techniques and week 6 will be class pick up, discussion and celebration. This class is limited to 12 participants so that students will receive individual attention to develop ideas and techniques.
This workshop will be focused on surface decoration and basic handbuilding techniques will be covered. It is recommended that students have prior experience with ceramics and a basic understanding of working with the material including the different stages of clay; greenware, bisqueware and glazeware. Students should be confident building basic forms in order to decorate throughout the duration of the workshop. This workshop is well suited for those who want to learn dynamic and fun techniques and would like to expand their skills and learn different approaches to working with clay.
Tools and materials will be provided. An additional list of optional tools and materials will be sent to participants. All work will be fired and ready for pick up within 3-weeks of the workshop’s commencement. This workshop will take place at Sooki Studio located in East Los Angeles, 15 minutes east of Downtown. The studio address will be sent out to registered participants.
Lizbeth Navarro was born and raised in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico. In 2010 she earned a BFA in Ceramics from California State University, Long Beach. Liz’s work is inspired by her multicultural heritage, which was always surrounded by beautiful handmade objects. In her work, she incorporates traditional techniques and materials with contemporary themes to deliver unique works of art. Along with her artistic endeavors, Liz has taught at various non-profit organizations that serve the underrepresented communities in Los Angeles.
Liz is interested in exposing her students to ceramics as a tool to explore their own creativity. Her pedagogy stems from the belief that clay is a humble material to work with yet its possibilities and permanence are remarkable. It has a gentle way to teach us powerful lessons regarding patience, resilience and letting-go. By providing a safe, non-judgmental environment, Liz encourages and nurtures; play, observation, exploration, discovery and artist intention over skill mastery in the studio. Liz’s assignments are designed to create gradual challenges that allow students to explore the infinite possibilities that ceramics and creativity have to offer. Liz provides a dynamic learning experience for students by introducing them to the basic building and decorating techniques, and by referencing art history, ceramics history, and contemporary art practices.
Sliding Scale Pricing
Sliding scale pricing is a tool for social equity. We use sliding scale pricing to make ceramics education accessible and affordable to all.
There are three tiers for pricing, when signing up for a workshop, please pay on the scale what feels right to you and your current finances. This is a trust based system, only you will know what feels comfortable and possible.
The high end of the scale is the true cost. If you are someone who can afford to pay this, please do, as this offsets the price for others, allowing us to create more affordable offerings.
There are a set amount of spaces available per tier to ensure that the scale is balanced and workshop costs are covered. If a tier is sold out it means that all those spots have been spoken for. An interest free payment plan is available for all workshops to break the workshop cost down to smaller payments over a longer period of time.
We do our best to ensure workshops are accessible and affordable. We are continuously improving our pricing system, please reach out if you have any questions or ideas you'd like to share.
Workshops are non-refundable, if you do need to cancel we will try our best to fill the spot, in which case we can offer a refund, however this is not guaranteed. If you are unable to attend the workshop you may transfer your spot to another person.
Participants are encouraged to take at home Covid tests prior to the workshop to ensure collective safety. As we're working in a very well ventilated environment, masks are optional. If you are feeling unwell please stay home and get in touch so that we can schedule a make-up session.